"Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her." -Hosea 2
"Go, Child of God, upon the singing desert,
Where, with eyes of flame,
The roaming lion keeps thy road from harm."
-Thomas Merton/The Flight into Egypt
Walked for about an hour this morning at this fairly large park about 15 minutes from my house. The morning couldn't have been any more beautiful. a little steam seemed to be hovering a few feet up from the ground because of the heavy rains the day before. The park affords some slight views of the Ahwatukee foothills just due west. It is a park that has both an urban lake and a little preserve area on it's border (what it's for i'm not sure?).
Now, on any given weekend, other than this Saturday morning, if the weather is slightly warm, this particular park is a zoo. along with some nice playground equipment and some pretty mature trees, they also have a gosh darn train thingy that people pile onto for a goofy little trip around the park....i've done it. Riding the train made me want to wash myself with sanitary wipes as well as the compartment me and my daughter were sitting in....
But not this morning....the place was fairly empty. The birds were just going nuts and i can't get enough of that...grackles, mockingbirds, sparrows, some woodpeckers (not that i spotted any, but i've seen them there before), red winged black birds, and other little birds of which i can't name.
I still don't get this place. late October through early June (sometimes)the place can be just wonderful...like this morning, clean air (due to the rains), fresh breeze, rugged mountain views, birds going nuts, and i still wore shorts, a denim shirt, a ball cap, and a lightweight fleece vest!
When Spring time comes, i usually bounce off the walls...i don't know whether it's because i'm a spring baby or what, but i get "spring fever" real bad...reallly bad. My attention span sucks at work, i look for excuses to be outside, and the bird activity that is so good now doubles in spring....
the picture below is of the superstition mountains just 20 minutes northeast of me...spring time is magic up there...wildflowers, the hills have a green hue to them due to all the wild grass, weeds (some of which have very beautiful flowers), and all the other normal plants and shrubs that 'pop' during this time. it makes the sonoran landscape look 'not' like a desert.
i'm not sure why i'm even rambling on about the desert except this...this barren place that can be so severe in the summer (enough to make me crazy actually) can also be so amazingly beautiful. A hiker's paradise (for 6 months a year), a bird watcher's mecca, a cyclist's dream (lots and lots of cyclists here), and a walker's ideal stomping ground....
how does one deal with June through September though? ;)